I Samuel 2:1-10 (NIV)

Hannah cries out to the Lord in prayer because she is childless.  She asks God to give her a child, a son, and promises to give him to the Lord to serve God all his days.  Year after year she went with her husband and family to Shiloh to worship.  Still she was childless.  We don’t know how long this lasted but it drove her to tears of despair.

10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life,…(I Samuel 2:10-11).

Sometimes we pray our best prayers in times of trouble, days of despair, and in a season of sorrow.  We cast ourselves into God’s care and trust the Lord with our tomorrows.

There are times, as with Hannah, when God turns our tears to joy and our despair to hope realized.  The darkness turns to the dawn and once again we live in the light.

We see that with Hannah.  In the passage we read, we see her doxology of praise. She reminds us that God is sovereign.  The Lord God reverses the fortunes of the powerless and poor and defeats the arrogant and the mighty.  God’s strength, will, and way prevails.  That’s so good to hold onto as we hold onto hope in God.

May you experience the prevailing strength and will of God this week in your life.  Hold onto hope and say your prayers.